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Spotlight on Canadians in L.V.: Shania Twain, Celine Dion and Cirque du Soleil


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Shania Twain arrives horseback at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, and Caesars Palace President Gary Selesner (in glasses), AEG West chief John Meglen and fans were on hand to greet the Canadian superstar.

Shania Twain Arrives at Caesars Palace

Shania Twain arrives horseback at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Launch slideshow »

3/15/11: Celine Dion at The Colosseum

Celine Dion's opening night at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on March 15, 2011. Launch slideshow »

'Zarkana': Red Carpet and Show at Aria

Cirque du Soleil's Launch slideshow »

It’s nearly all Canada all week long as the country’s top morning talk show “A.M. Canada” presents the North of the Border names changing the face of the Entertainment Capital of the World. It’s five days of broadcasts up and down the Strip with the big movers and shakers.

Lis Travers, executive producer, said, “We’re giving viewers an insider’s look at Las Vegas, where Canadians not only enjoy visiting but are making a tremendous impact. From Celine Dion and Shania Twain to Cirque du Soleil, Canadian acts take center stage in Vegas, making invaluable contributions to the city’s artistic scene and attracting tourists from all over the world.”

Here’s the rundown:

Today, interviewer Beverly Thomson speaks with Celine Dion about making her home in Las Vegas onstage and off and how she balances her family life and stays grounded while being a superstar entertainer.

On Tuesday, interviewer Marci Len gets a behind-the-scenes look at Cirque du Soleil’s newest Las Vegas spectacular, “Zarkana,” and a lesson in what it takes to be a Cirque acrobat performing for thousands. The show also tracks down Canadian mixologists, servers, chefs and managers at several Strip restaurants.

On Wednesday, legendary actor Robert De Niro talks about becoming a hotelier with the world’s first Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace. He also shares how Las Vegas has changed since he starred in “Casino” and how he balances his life today as a screen actor and a grandfather.

On Thursday, it’s a backstage visit with Flamingo headliners Donny and Marie Osmond talking about show business.

I’ll make a cameo Friday just before the opening night of the biggest show in Shania’s career as the bestselling female country artist of all time begins her two-year residency at Caesars Palace. It’s the megastar’s first performance in eight years, and she talks candidly about the pressures of her return to performing.

My exclusive chat with Shania was posted last week.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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